I have a dream to start a NEW economy for women which will compete on the open markets in direct competition with products made by employees of factories presently operated by small business owners or companies for the purpose of PROFIT to a business owner or a company and its shareholders.
The reasoning behind the obvious future success of such a venture is that the products will be able to be sold at a very competitive price advantage because our motivation is not one of profit for a company or individuals, but EMPLOYMENT for the unemployed.
The initial Pilot program will mean placing a Foot Pedal Sewing Machine (electricity is not always available) in as many households of a particular Village to enable the village women to commence the making of the garments which are worn by ordinary people, this means such garments which are at present being made by medium and large factories.(I am not talking about Khadi)
The organization will be a cooperative venture with wages paid to the frontline workers in line with a calculated fairness assessment to be agreed by all women within each individual cooperative. Profits realized from the excess of sales against costs will be shared between the workers and a "Future Fund" to cover off the further growth of "Village Uplift Industries"
Gandhi recognized that alienation and exploitation often occur when production and consumption are divorced from their social and cultural context, and that local enterprise (as Village Uplift Industries) is a way to avoid these problems.
Swadeshi is that spirit in us which requires us to serve our immediate neighbours before others, or to put it another way SERVE our brothers and sisters who are suffering through a lack of employment and the dignity which employment brings.
In so doing we serve humanity to the best of our capacity. We cannot serve humanity by neglecting our neighbours whether they live next door or in other countries.
Planning has already started for a commencement in Assam in the North East of India with the help of Uttam Teron of Parijat Academy and Mahatma Gandhi Awareness Australia.